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Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring November 2019 Iowa One Health Month on Friday, Nov. 15. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor of Iowa
11.19.2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds proclaims November 2019 Iowa One Health Month

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

On Friday, Nov. 15, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring November 2019 Iowa One Health Month. The purpose of the proclamation is to support, strengthen and expand One Health-related efforts in Iowa and to increase awareness of One Health principles to improve human health, veterinary health, agriculture and land stewardship.

One Health is defined as the collaborative effort of multiple health and social science professions –together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment.

“Iowa is leading on One Health collaboration because we are taking a holistic approach to identify issues and find comprehensive solutions,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The cooperation between multiple health and science professions under the ‘Iowa One Health’ umbrella creates optimal health solutions for Iowans, domestic animals, wildlife, and our environment. I am always proud to highlight our regent institution’s work to help promote this in-depth, collaborative effort.”

The Iowa One Health Month proclamation follows on the heels of the global One Health Day celebration that takes place annually on Nov. 3. One Health Day is an international campaign designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events. The Iowa One Health Month proclamation also coincides with another governor’s proclamation declaring Nov. 18 through Nov. 24 Iowa Antibiotic Awareness Week. Both proclamations are intended to promote the appropriate and judicious use of antibiotics among Iowans to help stem antimicrobial resistance.

“Antibiotics are one of the greatest discoveries in human history because of the millions of lives the technology has saved through the years,” says Paul Plummer, executive director of the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE). “The challenges of antimicrobial resistance are intertwined between humans, animals and the environment we share. We commend Gov. Reynolds for recognizing the important role a One Health approach plays in helping identify and develop solutions that enhance animal and human health while also delivering positive environmental, economic and societal benefits.”

NIAMRRE was established in July 2018 when the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced Iowa State University would lead a national effort focused on research and education around the issue of antimicrobial resistance. NIAMRRE is a multi-institutional initiative that also involves the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and a team of more than 100 researchers, educators and extension personnel.